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MMSc-GHD 10th Anniversary Panel: Migrant and Refugee Health
Migrants and refugees are some of the most vulnerable people in the world, and face particular challenges in seeking health care. In this panel three MMSc-GHD alumni will discuss their work on migrant and refugee health, and participate in a moderated discussion with MMSc-GHD Program Director Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH. Manami Uechi, MD, MMSc ‘20 is a physician who led a recent effort to establish social and healthcare services for asylum-seeking clients at the MGH Asylum Clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health. Theogene Ngirinshuti, MD, MMSc ’22 conducted his MMSc-GHD thesis research on the barriers and facilitators of COVID-19 containment among citizens and refugees in Rwanda. Ana Cristina Sedas, MD, MMSc ’21, is Technical Advisor on Health and Migration in the Health and Migration Programme at the World Health Organization.

Dec 9, 2022 08:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Theogene Ngirinshuti
Global Health Program Manager @Build Health International
Theogene currently serves as the Global Health Program Manager at Build Health International, a Boston-based non-government organization that promotes global health equity by building healthcare infrastructure. He previously worked as the student services coordinator and lecturer at the University of Global Health Equity, a PIH initiative that trains global health leaders in Rwanda, and has taught ethics, political and legal philosophy at Arrupe Jesuit University in Zimbabwe. Theogene has been a refugee, worked with refugees in a refugee camp with the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), and later conducted his research in three refugee camps in Rwanda. Theogene wants to pursue research in system/program and policy design, analysis, implementation, and evaluation. His thesis research focused on the barriers and facilitators of COVID-19 containment among citizens and refugees in Rwanda.
Ana Cristina Sedas
Technical Advisor on Health and Migration, Health & Migration Programme @World Health Organization
Ana Cristina Sedas is a Mexican-American physician interested in the intersection of migration and health. She is currently working as a regional research fellow for Lancet Migration Latin American Hub. Likewise, she is Harvard Immigration Initiative Fellow 2020-2021 and Organization of American States Scholar for Mexico. For her thesis, she is working in collaboration with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and Lancet Migration on a multi-phase analysis on the current health system responsiveness and inclusion of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in health and public policies globally, which she will contextualize and present Mexico’s perspective. Her thesis is aimed at exploring the health needs and experiences of migrant communities in transit or resettling in Mexico, their interaction with the local health governance from a human rights and global health perspective.
Manami Uechi
Manami Uechi is a primary care physician and nutritionist. After obtaining a degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, she worked in clinical settings of various scales in places such as Bhutan, Indonesia, Cambodia, the United States, and Japan. Her clinical training in Indonesia enabled her to recognize the necessity of fighting against healthcare inequalities among the most marginalized and vulnerable populations. Before joining the MMSc-GHD program, Manami was an inaugural research fellow at a global health policy think tank in Tokyo, Japan, where she spearheaded various projects advancing healthcare services for Palestinian refugees residing in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) refugee camps.
Joia Mukherjee
Program Director @HMS Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery Program
Dr. Mukherjee is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. In the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, she directs the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery program and the Program in Global Medical Education and Social Change. She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery, and human rights worldwide to health professionals and students. Dr. Mukherjee has helped create new residency and fellowship training programs for Rwandan and Haitian physicians, global health residencies, and fellowships for US trainees at Harvard and other American universities.